Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 21, 2010
The front page of The Washington Post today bears the headline, "Recession is officially over, but anxiety lingers." The headline is based on an announcement by the National Bureau of Economic Research which yesterday proclaimed that the recession, which began in December 2007, met its technical end in June 2009.
Many Americans don't agree with the bureau's assessment. A Fox News survey says 88 percent of Americans believe the recession is still underway. In Grand Junction, Colo., for example, where the unemployment rate has mirrored the national jobless figure, many residents are feeling battered by job losses and over-regulation by the state and federal governments. Several residents volunteered to share their economic stories on video tape during a recent Rally for Jobs:
In Canton, Ohio, where the unemployment rate is 11.5 percent (July 2010), two points higher than the national average, residents are angry. At the Rally for Jobs in Canton on September 7, Ohioans voiced their disgust with policies that are destroying jobs and the American Dream:
There's no doubt that many Americans are hurting. And for them, it's not just a case of anxiety, despite the Post headline. It's reality.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.